If you’ve been involved in a wreck while riding your bicycle or motorcycle, it is likely you sustained some serious injuries as a result. Because bikers and motorcycle riders aren’t nearly as protected as driver’s who are traveling inside of a car or truck, you become more vulnerable to the rough road and the damage it can cause to your skin. So, if the accident caused you to suffer from an abrasion to the skin, below are a few recommendations the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) provides that can minimize the chances of the injury scarring.
- The AAD says you should first clean the wound daily using mild soap and lukewarm water. You then want to scrub the area with a cloth to remove any germs or debris that may have gotten in the wound. Be sure to scrub gently as you wouldn’t want to worsen the abrasion.
- After cleansing the area, apply a layer of petroleum jelly to the abrasion after drying it thoroughly. The AAD says that by applying petroleum jelly, you prevent the wound from drying out and forming a scab. Apparently, “wounds with scabs take longer to heal.” Following this technique will also help “prevent a scar from getting too large, deep, or itchy.”
- Once the petroleum jelly is applied, be sure to cover the skin with an adhesive bandage. The AAD highlights that if you have a large scrape, sore, or burn, you may want to use hydrogel or silicone gel sheets.
- Remember to change your bandage daily to keep the wound clean while it heals. In the event your skin is sensitive to adhesives, you can also try using a non-adhesive gauze pad with paper tape. And if you are using silicone gel or hydrogel sheets, change them using the instructions provided on the packaging.
- Now, if your injury was much more severe and required stitches, it is best that you follow the advice your doctor gave on how you should care for it when it comes time to get the stitches removed. By following the proper instructions, you can help minimize the appearance of your scar.
- Once the wound has healed, apply sunscreen to it. “Sun protection may help reduce red or brown discoloration and help the scar fade faster.” It is recommended that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply it as needed.
While these recommendations are expected to help minimize scarring, sometimes, the injury is far too severe. And for many people, living their life with a large, noticeable scar can be rather difficult. That is why many who are involved in a wreck while riding their bike or motorcycle often turn to a TN personal injury attorney who can help them recover compensation as their injury has impacted their quality of life. In the event this is something you are dealing with and your accident occurred in or nearby to Nashville, TN, why not contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner, Jr. to find out what you might be entitled to that can help you get through this difficult time.
Although compensation won’t change the fact that you sustained an injury, it can help you afford certain types of medical treatment that will help with the reduction of scarring. If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss how we can help you, call us today at 615-251-0005.
You can reach the Law Office of George R. Fusner, Jr. at
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Brentwood, TN 37027